Northampton star Cameron will 'win everything', says McGuigan

Chantelle Cameron with Barry McGuigan, Josh Pritchard and John Daly
Chantelle Cameron with Barry McGuigan, Josh Pritchard and John Daly

Barry McGuigan has backed Chantelle Cameron to 'win everything' as she bids to bag another title in Leicester on Saturday evening.

Cameron will be up against proven operator Viviane Obenauf for the IBO World Lightweight title.

And the Northampton fighter will be full of confidence, having cruised through her first four professional bouts.

She totally dominated against Edith Ramos in Edinburgh last time out, stopping the Mexican in the third round to secure the IBO Inter-Continental crown.

And boxing legend McGuigan, who is Cameron's manager, believes that was just the start for the talented 26-year-old.

"This is the sport that loves her and she loves it," McGuigan said.

"She came from kickboxing, where she was hugely successful, into the amateur game and they tried to change her style and it didn't suit her.

"She went through six or seven years of frustration and getting beaten at major tournaments with Great Britain when she should have been winning, simply because her natural style didn't

suit the amateur game.

"Now, she's moulding into being a terrific professional fighter.

"She's going to win everything!

"She's going to beat all these girls, every single one of them that are out there.

"Our ambition is to win and clean up the lightweight division.

"She's already won the junior lightweight title, which is 130 pounds, and she proved she can move seamlessly between 9st 4lb and 9st 9lb.

"There are some great fighters out there, some great champions and she's not looking beyond Viviane Obenauf, who is a very tough Brazilian girl based in Switzerland.

"She (Obenauf) went the distance with Katie Taylor and gave her problems.

"She has fought for the world title at super-featherweight and dropped the Polish girl in the last round and should have got the decision but didn't.

"We know it's a step up for Chantelle, but she is exceptionally talented and I think she's going to beat all the girls out there, including Katie Taylor."

On the dominant display against Ramos, McGuigan said: "Chantelle completely dominated the fight and I'm glad the referee got the girl out of there because she was going to get taken out.

"The thing is, Chantelle was only getting started.

"Chantelle does 10 rounds of sparring in the gym every day with two men, she beats them up, gets out and then does another five or six rounds on the versaclimber.

"She knocks the spots off all the boys in the gym and she's a special talent."

Far Cotton ABC head coach John Daly, who helps to mentor Cameron at his Towcester Road gym, initially took his fighter to meet McGuigan, who had already heard plenty about her.

And the 'Clones Cyclone' insists he hasn't been surprised by the ability of Cameron, who trains with Shane McGuigan and Josh Pritchard at the McGuigan gym.

"No, I'm not surprised," he said. "I've always thought she was suited to the pro game and I've been keeping my eye on her for some time.

"John brought her down and I'd been told by a few other guys that she was ready to turn professional.

"I am delighted to have her.

"I was told by a couple of guys in Ireland that she looked a great fighter but just didn't seem to be suited to the amateur game.

"It's been an ideal transition.

"Shane and Josh are two very talented young coaches and we've got a stable full of very talented young kids. Chantelle is one of the leading lights.

"I really think she's the best lightweight boxer in the UK and I genuinely believe over the next couple of years that she's going to prove that."

The big fights just keep coming for Cameron.

And McGuigan, who won the world title at featherweight in 1985, said: "How much better can you get?

"She's fighting for a genuine world title this weekend in Leicester Arena.

"She's really going for it.

"She's hugely talented and she loves what she's doing.

"She says she's learned more in the first five weeks with us than she did in years with the GB setup and that's because of the attention to detail.

"We're not making her fight like anyone else. She's got her own unique style.

"She's going to be very special."

Cameron would love to one day fight in her home town.

McGuigan said: "There's not a big enough arena here to put on title fights so the nearest we could find at the moment was Leicester Arena.

"We'd like to bring her back here.

"You start developing talent locally and as she gets bigger and better she gets national exposure. That's how it works."

Tickets for Cameron's fight in Leicester this weekend are still available and can be purchased from the Far Cotton ABC gym on Towcester Road or by tweeting @chantellecam.